For busy medical students, two-hour meditation study may be as beneficial as longer course: Two-hour intro class on mindfulness is as relaxing as an eight-week immersive course

For time-crunched medical students, taking a two-hour introductory class on mindfulness may be just as beneficial for reducing stress and depression as taking an eight-week meditation course, a Rutgers study finds. The study, conducted by researchers at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, is published in the journal Medical Science Educator. The researchers say many medical students would like to […]

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Time is money, especially when it comes to giving: Study finds people are more charitable if allowed to claim donations sooner

Would you be more likely to donate to charity if you could report the gift sooner on your taxes? According to a new article published in the National Tax Journal, the answer is yes. Researchers from UBC Okanagan, University of Melbourne and the University of Guelph found that changing the deadline for donations closer to tax time increased donations by […]

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Low hand hygiene compliance in ICUs

Healthcare workers in intensive care units (ICUs) are regularly missing opportunities to clean their hands during the care of patients, despite its critical importance for infection control, according to new research being presented at this year’s European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) in Amsterdam, Netherlands (13-16 April). Worryingly, the authors say, hand hygiene compliance was lowest when […]

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Safety-net hospitals fare better under new Medicare reimbursement rules

New Medicare reimbursement rules provide some relief to safety-net hospitals, shifting the burden of financial penalties toward hospitals serving wealthier patient populations, according to a new study led by Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. The new rules also reduce the burden of such penalties on hospitals in states that have more generous Medicaid programs. The study, conducted […]

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Don’t blame the baby – stretch marks are in your genes!

Don’t blame the baby – stretch marks are in your genes! Some women are predisposed to scars, study reveals  More than 500 ‘genetic markers’ are linked to stretch marks research shows  Women who suffer with stretch marks have lower amounts of certain proteins   The rate of stretch marks is far higher in women than in men For many women, they […]

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